Larry R. Holocaust testimony (HVT-286) interviewed by Adele Friedman, Gabriele Schiff, Phyllis O. Ziman Tobin, and Alizah Brozgold
- New York, N.Y. : Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies at Yale, 1984
- Interview Date
- June 23 and June 24, 1984.
- 3 copies: 3/4 in. master; 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
- Cite As
- Larry R. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-286). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
Videotape testimony of Larry R., who was born in Leżajsk, Poland, in 1929. In this exceptionally vivid and detailed testimony, Mr. R. describes his privileged childhood; his family's move to Zaklików in 1937; and the outbreak of the war in 1939. Mr. R. recalls seeing his father beaten; his family's eviction from their estate; their eventual betrayal and arrest; and the deportation of Jews from Zaklików. He describes conditions in the freight cars to Budzyń and in the camp, where he arrived with his brother in April 1943. He tells of witnessing a mass murder and his consequent desire to survive and bear witness; his relationship with his brother, with whom he remained until just before liberation; and his fantasies of an idyllic postwar life. He relates his summer 1944 transfer to Mielec, where he remained about six months; to Wieliczka; and finally through Auschwitz to Flossenbürg (fall 1944). He recalls the evacuation of Flossenbürg in March 1945; the aborted transport toward Dachau; the death march; and liberation by Americans. Postwar topics include his reunion with his brother; his physical recovery; his stay in Frankfurt; and emigration to Palestine. Mr. R. also describes living on a kibbutz; difficulties adjusting; experiences in the military; loneliness; illegal emigration to the United States; his marriage to a survivor and her illness; and his relationship with his children.